Learn to paint this gorgeous little NZ Tomtit! In this class you will be able to follow along step-by-step, as we build up layers of fluffy feathers - infusing a little character and personality along the way.
Before beginning this class, students should have completed the bird painting basics course - Flying Lessons. In this Tomtit class, we'll be jumping straight into more intermediate and advanced painting techniques, so going through the basics first is essential (plus it's a lot of fun!)!
THIS CLASS INCLUDES:
✔︎ Outline templates to use if you aren't confident with drawing yet.
✔︎ Inspiration and a link to a collection of reference images.
✔︎ A printable fact sheet about the bird, including the finished bird and colour palette I used.
✔︎ A colour mixing lesson specific to the bird.
✔︎ A speed painting video to get an overview of the class progression.
✔︎ Step by step videos, broken into three main sections
✔︎ Clear, concise videos.
YOU'LL LEARN HOW TO:
✔︎ Paint in layers with gouache, using techniques like blending and dry brush technique to paint feathers.
✔︎ Use colour temperature, and value to bring a bird to life on your page.
✔︎ Work intuitively with paint on your palette, mixing subtle colour variations.
✔︎ Capture the likeness of a bird while injecting a little playfulness and personality
✔︎ Develop your own unique style, without the pressure of having to make a bird anatomically accurate, or ‘perfect’ in any way.
PRE-REQUISITE: FLYING LESSONS
Flying Lessons is the ultimate guide to bird painting for beginners, and it's a pre-requisite to any of my other bird painting classes - including this one!
In Flying Lessons we go right back to basics, to build a foundation by learning the art of observation and how to really see. I’ll show you how to recognise the basic shapes that make up the anatomy of a bird, and how arrange shapes, angles and lines in the form of a bird.
You’ll learn the best combination of art supplies to use for bird painting success, but you don’t need to buy a huge selection of paint colours because I’ll show you how to mix all of those pretty plumage colours just from the three primary colours.
We’ll also go through all of the different painting techniques that are very specific to bird painting, like wet-on-wet technique, painting in layers with gouache, blending, fluff, feathers and more. And then, building on all of the skills and techniques you’ll have mastered, I’ll guide you through the entire bird painting process from start to finish! Step by step, brush stroke by brushstroke.. you’ll paint your very first bird!
"If you want to learn to paint birds, these classes are a must try. I have only been painting for a year, and I can't believe what I was able to paint."
- Laurie, Flying Lessons student
"I never thought I could paint realistic birds like this but with Deanna’s instructions I surprised myself! I now feel confident to take what I’ve learned and paint other birds on my own. Because Deanna taught how to paint each bird in layers, I could paint each layer in a different session so could fit it into my busy schedule."
- Shelley, Flying Lessons student
"Deanna has made using gouache look like child's play. She has awoken a passion inside me that has been scratching to come out for ages. This course is a must have for anyone wanting to learn from the best."
- Chantellé, Flying Lessons student
"This course is beautifully and expertly presented, Deanna's vibes are lovely and she made me much more aware of birds in my neighborhood when I go on walks, and I can't wait to take any other courses she puts out."
- Tana, Flying Lessons student
Frequently Asked Questions
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I bought my first set of gouache paints for design college over 10 years ago! It was on the materials list, so I got a set of primary colours. We never actually used it though, and my little set of gouache paint got pushed to the back of the cupboard. I developed as a fine artist painting with acrylic paint on huge canvases, and I forgot all about gouache.
Fast forward a few more years, and I find myself living on a really remote island in Indonesia. Because we accessed our island home by a tiny seaplane with strict luggage restrictions, I had to downsize my artwork significantly. So I began experimenting with different mediums, and I re-discovered the same old tubes of gouache that I’d bought for college all those years ago. Some of the tubes were pretty much dried up, but I discovered that I could rewet the paint with water!
I found gouache a little tricky to work with at first. I had trouble getting the paint to spread easily, while still maintaining that beautiful bold finish that gouache is known for. It also took me a while to find the right paintbrush, and paper for the job, but once I did - the quality of my work changed overnight.
I'm ready to share all of my tips, tricks and secrets with you, and I want to open a world of creativity and colour to you through gouache!